Ex LBC'er James Max joins BBC London 94.9
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Ex LBC’er James Max joins BBC London 94.9

James Max is joining BBC London 94.9 for Early Breakfast from the new year, four months after leaving LBC 97.3.

The former talkSPORT presenter told RadioToday: “I am really pleased to have been given such a great opportunity to return to the radio airwaves to do what I love to do… talk and share stories with London and Londoners about the big (and sometimes small) stories of the day!”

James left LBC 97.3 in August by announcing his departure on Twitter saying he’s left the station after seven years on-air after his contract wasn’t renewed.

Other schedule changes, in addition to James Max hosting 3am till 6am from January 2nd, include current early breakfast host Harriet Scott moving to weekends to present a Sunday morning show with Chris Rogers 9am – 12pm, replacing Fiona Phillips.

On a Saturday, Jo and Simon’s breakfast show will finish at 10am with Robert Elms doing 10am till 1pm. Gaby Roslin’s entertainment and showbiz programme moves from Saturday to Sunday and extended by an hour from 3pm to 6pm and Tony Blackburn gets an extended programme from 12pm to 3pm each Sunday.

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    1. fried_egg

      London has a much larger potential audience that wakes up earlier. Travel news is actually important at 4am far more for the commute than most other regions.

      1. Spencer Payne

        Rubbish. The audience at that time of the day is tiny, London has a 24 hour news and information station with LBC. I am sure the populations of Manchester and the West Midlands would like their early shows back too, and they have no commercial talk station to fall back on. The BBC document dqf said no Bbc local station should start before 6am, bbc London is cheating.

        1. fried_egg

          London’s population 50% larger than the north west total. Transport example.. Merseyrail starts 5:38 while London Underground starts well before 5am. London is awake earlier. Perhaps no local viable overnight station as you suggested exists outside London is the clue? (LBC may not be viable of course)

  1. Microbe

    BBC London seems to take on so many of LBC’s ‘castoffs’. I wonder if James Whale will turn up soon who also had his LBC radio contract terminated recently? It’s great to see former LBC presenters seemingly cock-a-snook by gaining a contract on the main rival to LBC which arrogance endeavours to persuade us that it’s London’s premier conversational radio station. LBC is supremely irritating to listen to not just for interminable commercial breaks every few minutes that inhibits continuity but, because those breaks funnel phone-in contributions into tiny hurried slots where individual views are never able to be fully explored. As for James Max it will be interesting to see if he’ll be as obnoxious as he was on LBC. Or, has the BBC insisted on a higher standard of manners from him?

  2. tony

    LBC have now lost another listener,me,as I cannot take any more of their ad for a number repeated maddeningly for directory enquiries.Totally mindless.Do they expect people to endure this?


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